Santa Monica, CA – Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board Member Ben Allen has earned the endorsement of Rancho Palos Verdes Mayor Jerry Duhovic, for Allen's bid to represent California's 26th Senate District, which includes the City of Rancho Palos Verdes.
Mayor Jerry Duhovic announced his endorsement, "Ben Allen has proven he is genuinely interested in giving back to the community and sets the bar high for other public servants. Raised in Rancho Palos Verdes and a fellow native of the Los Angeles area, I feel he has our best interests at heart and know he will continue to be responsive to the needs of the District. I support his fiscally responsible positions in addressing educational reform, environmental protection, and creation of quality jobs. He has exactly the integrity and determination we need to get the job done as our next State Senator."
“It is an honor to have the endorsement of the Mayor of the Rancho Palos Verdes for my campaign for State Senate. As someone who grew up in the District, I am truly humbled by all the support from local leaders, who know that I will have the best interests of our community at heart when I represent them in the Senate. As the next State Senator, I will never forget to advocate for what is best of our District," Ben Allen commented.
Mayor Duhovic was raised in Rancho Palos Verdes and graduated from the United States Air Force Academy. Impressed by his parents’ dedication to public service and the Academy’s motto “Serve Before Self," Duhovic ran for Rancho Palos Verdes City Council in order to give back to his community, eventually winning the seat of Mayor. Prior to his tenure on the City Council, Duhovic was the Vice Chair of Rancho Palos Verdes' Finance Advisory Committee, where he used his two decades of business experience to help protect the City's revenues.
With his endorsement, Duhovic joins a long list of well-respected local elected officials who are backing Allen for State Senate, the only candidate who grew up in the District and who has represented Californians as a public servant at the state and local levels. He has earned the endorsements of some of the region's most popular and respected leaders, including State Senators Fran Pavley and Jerry Hill; Los Angeles County Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky and Don Knabe. The list also includes numerous local mayors in the District: Beverly Hills Mayor Lili Bosse, Santa Monica Mayor Pam O'Connor, Manhattan Beach Mayor Amy Howorth, Hermosa Beach Mayor Peter Tucker, Redondo Beach Mayor Steve Aspel, Palos Verdes Estates Mayor Ellen Perkins, Rolling Hills Mayor B. Allen Lay, Rolling Hills Estates Mayor Judith Mitchell, Lomita Mayor Michael Savidan, and Avalon Mayor Ann Marshall. For the full list of Ben Allen's endorsements, please visit www.benallenforsenate.com/endorsements.
Ben Allen placed first among a crowded field in the open primary for the 26th State Senate District, held on June 3, 2014.
The 26th State Senate District consists of the cities of Torrance, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, El Segundo, Avalon, Lomita, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, and Beverly Hills; the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Marina Del Rey, Playa Del Rey, Westchester, Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, Westwood, Westwood Village, Bel Air, Holmby Hills, Little Holmby, Sunset Hills, Beverly Grove, Mar Vista, Mid City West, Miracle Mile, Larchmont Village, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Fairfax, Carthay, Fremont Place, Hancock Park, and Windsor Square; and the unincorporated Los Angeles County communities of Marina Del Rey, San Clemente Island, Santa Catalina Island, Franklin, Centinela, and Ocean View.